Team-Based Integrated Knowledge Translation for Enhancing Quality of Life in Long-term Care Settings: A Multi-method, Multi-sectoral Research Design

Document Type: Perspective

Authors

1 Department of Family Studies and Gerontology and Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, Canada

2 Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS, Canada

3 Department of Sociology, Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada

4 Faculty of Health and York University Centre for Aging Research and Education, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

5 Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

6 Interior Health Authority British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada

7 Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

8 Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health and School of Nursing, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada

9 Office of the Seniors Advocate, Victoria, BC, Canada

10 Tefler School of Management, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

11 Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria, BC, Canada

12 Faculty of Nursing and School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Abstract

Multi-sectoral, interdisciplinary health research is increasingly recognizing integrated knowledge translation (iKT) as essential. It is characterized by diverse research partnerships, and iterative knowledge engagement, translation processes and democratized knowledge production. This paper reviews the methodological complexity and decision-making of a large iKT project called Seniors - Adding Life to Years (SALTY), designed to generate evidence to improve late life in long-term care (LTC) settings across Canada. We discuss our approach to iKT by reviewing iterative processes of team development and knowledge engagement within the LTC sector. We conclude with a brief discussion of the important opportunities, challenges, and implications these processes have for LTC research, and the sector more broadly.

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